And thus we have what I like to call Kitty's Sticky Icky Icky patchwork toy. (Don't worry folks, it's just catnip.)
Assembly is very simple and will used up a few of those pesky scraps you have in a box next to your sewing machine.
You will need:
Dried Catnip (may be sold in bulk at your local co-op or grocery store)
Insert (I used a reusable muslin teabag, but you could make you own or use something similar)
Scraps for outer bag
Measurements will vary based on how big of an insert you use. I sort of eyeballed mine.
Fill insert with rice and catnip. (the rice is so that when kitty begins to loose interest you can warm it up in the microwave and... viola! New again!)
Assemble outer layer and patchwork piece. I used denim for most of the shell because my cat likes to grip his catnip toys in both claws and suck on them. So they need to be durable.
With right sides together sew your patchwork piece to the back of the outer piece, leaving a 2" space in the side so that you can fit the insert in. Trim corners being careful not to cut the seam. Next, turn the shell right side out, pushing out the corners. Place catnip bag inside the shell.
Topstitch around the outer shell 2 times to close the hole and reinforce the outer seams.
And it is ready to be introduced to the cat...